Clovelly Child Care Centre was opened in 1985 with Commonwealth and State Governments funding as part of a nationwide building program. The Centre was part of the Children’s Services Program (CSP) which was designed to help mothers enter the workforce and hundreds of centres were built all over the country. Randwick City Council donated the land and the building took nine months to complete.
The Centre is an Incorporated body, not for profit, community based and run by a parent management committee elected annually and responsible to the Department of Fair Trading.
The Centre initially offered 40 places for children aged 3 months to 5 years across two rooms. In 2000 with Commonwealth money through the Direct Partnership Program (DPP), the Centre received $80,000 in a grant and an additional $80,000 as a 20 year interest free loan to be paid back annually. These funds enabled the renovation of the adjacent Scout hall (now the Joey’s room) and the main room at the Centre (now our Puggles room) allowing us to increase our under two’s to 12 children each day and two year olds in the Plateenas room to 18 children per day.
The Centre is licensed by the State Department of Human Services formally DoCS. The whole regulatory system is currently changing as we move to a National Quality Framework. We are also using the relatively new national curriculum – The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), beautifully titled ” Belonging, Being, and Becoming”.
There has been an active Sustainability Committee that has been very proactive and responsible for implementing many changes. They have successfully sought funding and have seen the installation of rainwater tanks, solar power, vegetable gardens and chickens. The committee organises an annual Green Fair that highlights the sustainable features at the centre. It is also an opportunity to educate in a broader way and the local community is invited along. It usually is on the first Sunday each May.